Salvia officinalis is a plant with unique properties known since ancient times. The mother tincture of sage is prepared with fresh sage. Discover in this post for the mother tincture of sage properties and uses!


Salvia officinalis, in Latin salvus, means health. It is one of the most popular aromatic herbs known and was already known in ancient times: it was grown in gardens not only for use in cooking, but also for its already known extraordinary therapeutic virtues.

For us herbalists, the leaves and flowering tops are the most precious parts of Salvia. The leaves must be collected before flowering and freed from the petiole; once collected, they must be spread out to dry on a cloth and placed perfectly dried in a tin box or in a hermetically sealed glass jar. Only in this way, away from humidity, can the leaves and flowering tops keep their scent and effectiveness for a long time.

Among the active ingredients contained in the leaves and flowering tops: ursolic acid, fumaric acid, chlorogenic acid, caffeic acid, rosmarinic acid (known anti-inflammatory action), salvina, enzymes, vitamins B1 and C, estrogenic substances, flavonoids (glucosides of luteol and apigenol).

Salvia officinalis mother tincture: how it is made

As we know, Mother Tincture is prepared starting from the fresh drug, calculating the weight ratios as if this were deprived of the water present. The drug / solvent ratio is 1:10 for the Mother Tincture. It is the Pharmacopoeia that establishes the alcohol content of the alcohol / water mixture, the quantity to be used, the methods of its division, the contact time with the solvent for each plant for herbal use. The Sage mother tincture  is given by the fresh flowered aerial parts in 55° alcohol.

Salvia officinalis mother tincture: properties

Here are the properties of sage, also in the form of mother tincture, described by Prof. Dr. Bruno Brigo: “Rich in natural estrogens, sage shows a real effectiveness in regulating menstrual flow, relieving painful reactions and fighting menopause disorders. Hot flashes and night sweats, typical, early, and far more frequent signs compared to the vasomotor instability of menopause they are easily controlled by sage. Equally effective it results in convalescence as it controls weakness, sweating, loss of appetite, digestive difficulties and depression “(Natural Medicine from A to Z, Bruno Brigo).

The therapeutic indications of salvia officinalis (leaves and tops) reported by ESCOP are: inflammation and infections of the mouth and throat such as stomatitis, gingivitis, pharyngitis; hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating). In particular, ESCOP reports that the aerial parts of Salvia officinalis contain diterpenes with antiviral activity against the vesicular stomatitis virus.

Mother tincture of Salvia: uses in herbal medicine

Here are some examples for the sage mother tincture on how it could be used and why, taking a look at the phytotherapeutic scientific literature.

Sage mother tincture for menstruation and acne:

The action of Sage Mother Tincture is interesting due to the presence of plant active principles with estrogenic action, thanks mainly to the follicle-like (picrosalvin) and antibiotic (salvina) substances. In this case the mother tincture of sage is used at a dose of 30-50 drops morning and evening, fasting, starting from the middle of the menstrual cycle and until the onset of menstruation, for some cycles, especially in the case of irregular menstruation and accentuation. acne disorders related to ovarian disorders (P. Chiereghin, 2005);

Mother tincture of Salvia for rheumatism:

as an adjuvant to any anti-rheumatic therapies, here are these antirheumatic mother tinctures to our aid: mother tincture of birch (betula alba) and mother tincture of sage in equal quantities, 15-20 drops per dose, 4 to 5 times a day on an empty stomach (Ch. Bach);

Mother tincture of Salvia for intercostal herpes:

as an adjuvant for the treatment of intercostal herpes, for internal use: Mother tincture of sage, Mother tincture of nettle, Mother tincture of artichoke in equal parts up to 125 ml. 70 drops morning, noon, evening (P. Chiereghin, 2005).

Mother tincture of sage for gums:

the mother tincture of sage, as Dr. Campanini also writes in “Dictionary of phytotherapy and medicinal plants”, is used as an astringent and antiseptic in gargles and mouthwashes, in infections of the oropharyngeal cavity and in gingival hemorrhages. In particular, 1 or 2 teaspoons in a glass of warm water is useful for rinsing in case of gingivitis (3).

Mother tincture of sage for menopause:

it is useful in case of hot flashes and menopause disorders (read our post on natural menopause remedies); furthermore, alopecia (hair loss) can occur during menopause, which can be linked to a decrease in ovarian function. Bergeret and Tetau suggest the use of silvia mother tincture internally at a dose of 50 drops 3 times a day before meals and local rubbings with the same mother tincture. For menopause take a look also to Psyche Liberavamp, made with sage soft extract.

Mother tincture of sage for hyperhidrosis:

it is useful in case of hyperhidrosis (excessive sweating), especially of the hands and armpits; in case of hyperhidrosis ESCOP recommends 75 drops / day of mother tincture in a little water (1, 2) for 2-4 weeks, in. Sage hydrosol can be sprayed externally, especially for the armpits.

Sage mother tincture: how to take it

It is recommended to take 25-30 drops of sage mother tincture 2-3 times a day.

Sage mother tincture: contraindications

Sage is contraindicated in renal insufficiency and autonomic instability. It is reported that sage can reduce, in addition to sweating, also lactation: for this reason it is not recommended, as a precaution, its medicinal use during breastfeeding. Bruno Brigo, on the other hand, recommends avoiding the administration in plethoric, hypertensive subjects.

Dr. Laura Comollo

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